Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh today announced that the City of Syracuse will observe Juneteenth tomorrow, Friday, June 19 by closing City Hall, City Hall Commons, and all Operating Departments. The announcement is in keeping with the Executive Order issued Wednesday by Governor Cuomo declaring Juneteenth, which marks the emancipation of African Americans and all enslaved people throughout the United States, as a holiday for state workers.

“At a pivotal time in the history of our community and nation, I urge our workforce and entire city to take time to reflect on this holiday,” Mayor Walsh said. “In the spirit of Juneteenth, please also try to learn from your neighbors and community on the differences between our freedoms and why the principles of Juneteenth are worth fighting for and celebrating.”

City services in the following departments and functions will not be changed: public safety, sanitation, sewer and water. Trash and recycling pickups will occur, as scheduled. Constituents who had previously scheduled appointments with other departments should reconfirm for their appointments. Employees who are unable to take the day off will be granted a floating holiday.

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